Shandaken is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 3,085. The name is from a native phrase for “land of rapid waters.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 119.8 square miles (310 km), of which, 119.8 square miles (310 km) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km) of it is water. The total area is 0.02% water.
The town is inside the Catskill Park, and it is entirely mountainous. Within it lies Slide Mountain, the Catskill Mountains’ highest peak.
The north town line is the border of Greene County, and the west town line is the border of Delaware County.
The Esopus Creek flows across the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,235 people, 1,463 households, and 829 families residing in the town. The population density was 27.0 people per square mile (10.4/km²). There were 2,666 housing units at an average density of 22.3 per square mile (8.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.65% White, 1.21% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.06% of the population.
There were 1,463 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the town, the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 32.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,566, and the median income for a family was $40,927. Males had a median income of $38,854 versus $23,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,121. About 7.4% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.